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>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." >>> japan's government has officially decided to buy the senkaku islands from a private japanese owner. the islands are claimed by china and taiwan. ministers in charge of the matter met monday. they say the purchase is aimed at ensuring safe navigation in the area as well as peaceful and stable management of the islands. the ministers say the islands are japan's inherent territory based on history and the international law. they add no sovereignty issue exists. the government has already reached a basic agreement with the owner that the state will buy the islands for about $26 million. the cabinet will adopt the decision tuesday. >> translator: we never want the issues around the senkaku islands to have an impact on japan/china relations. we should avoid any unexpected incidents or misunderstandings. >> chinese foreign minister yang jiechi has summoned the ambassador. china's state-run news agency says japan's unilateral actions of buying the islands is illegal and invalid. he called on the japanese government to reverse its decision a
out nuclear power. welcome to nhk world "newsline." japanese politicians promised to rework the country's energy policy following last year's accident at fukushima daiichi. prime minister yoshihiko noda announced details of that policy last week. he said his government would steer the country toward a nuclear-free future, but a final decision by his cabinet has turned a clear commitment into more of a vague idea. nhk world explains. >> reporter: members of prime minister noda's cabinet are playing defense. critics say they backed away from a plan to rid japan of nuclear power. but ministers stress their new energy policy hasn't changed. >> translator: the new policy sets a clear direction, while keeping a degree of flexibility to account for changing circumstances. the government remains faithful to the proposal worked out last week. >> reporter: that proposal says japan would stop building new nuclear power plants, and take other measures. in order to phase out atomic energy by 2030. however the cabinet didn't sign off on the idea. instead, ministers say they'll be taking t
speak exclusively to nhk about their backroom negotiations with the u.s. aimed at ending the war in afghanistan. welcome to nhk world "newsline." on the front lines, u.s.-led forces are at war with the taliban. it's been like that for more than a decade. american leaders are still focused on winning, even as they're prepared to pull their combat troops out by the end of 2014. both sides have publicly refused to hold peace talks. but behind the scenes, they started negotiating in 2010. nhk world's hideki yui has been following this story, and he's the first to get interviews with members of the taliban's negotiating team. here's his exclusive story. >> reporter: u.s. and taliban negotiators have met at least five times over the past two years. most of the meetings took place in the doha. thank you very much. appreciate it. the taliban has a five-man negotiating team there. i was able to interview two of them. one of the negotiators was sayyed rasul, a religious leader who is said to have the trust of the taliban spiritual leader. >> translator: peace and reconciliation has been ou
party of japan. welcome to nhk world "newsline." members of japan's governing democratic party have decided to stick with their man. they've chosen prime minister yoshihiko noda to lead them into the next election. delegates voted him in at a leadership convention in tokyo. nhk world's mayuko ambe reports. >> reporter: delegates here have given prime minister noda another mandate. the voting results show that he won with an overwhelming majority over three other contenders. they campaigned against the prime minister for nearly two weeks. they attacked noda's policies including measures to help low-income households following the tax hike, steps toward joining the free trade agreement in the pacific region, and his new energy policy. most of all, they criticized the way noda managed the party. they blamed him for the departure of a number of party members. but in the end, the challengers failed to gain enough support. other possible contenders may have proven more popular, but they decided not to run. they may have considered it unwise to become the head of a party that may well lose
>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." communist party officials in china have answered questions that have been swirling for weeks by making two key announcements. they've set a date for when their transition of power will begin. it's november 8th. and they've also decided on their punishment for a once-rising political star. they stripped bo xilai of his party membership. his case exposed the darker side of china's power structure. the state-run xinhua news agency is reporting the communist party will transfer bo's case to judicial authorities. he's accused of taking large bribes and abusing his power. bo was the highest ranking communist party official of the inland city of chongqing. he was expected to join the party's top brass this year, but a series of incidents led to his downfall. his former aid etemporarily pled to the u.s. consulate in february. officials cited bo for violating party discipline. they suspended him from the post he held in the political bureau. then in july, police charged bo's wife and her aide with murdering british businessman neil haywood. a chinese
>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." protests against the united states have spread across the muslim world since the release of a film accused of insulting the prophet muhammad. people in several countries took to the streets again after friday prayers. indonesia has the world's largest muslim population. about 250 people gathered in front of the u.s. embassy in jakarta. authorities deployed 300 police officers to guard the compound. the rally ended after two hours without any major incident. anti-american rallies were also held in pakistan. demonstrations took place in the capital islamabad and the cities of karachi and peshawar. public anger against the united states is already strong in pakistan where u.s. air strikes targeting suspected militants regularly cause civilian casualties. >>> in egypt, several hundred demonstrators clashed with security forces near the u.s. embassy in cairo. police used tear gas to disperse the crowd. >> authorities remain on alert ahead of possible demonstrations after the friday prayers. >>> japan's prime minister wants to change how his c
. we'll have full coverage on this story this hour. welcome to nhk world "newsline." protesters in china are marching, shouting, and showing they don't plan on give ug up. they held rallies against japan in more than 100 cities across the country. chinese are angry the japanese government nationalized zis puted territory in the east china sea. japan controls t s ths the senk islands. china and taiwan also claim them. roughly 2,000 demonstrators in the northeastern city of shenyang gathered in front of the japanese consulate general. some of them threw stones and plastic bottles at the building, shattering a number of windows. the demonstrators also tossed bottles at a nearby japanese restaurant. more than 5,000 people joined the protest in front of the japanese embassy in beijing. the crowd channelled the disputed island should be returned to china. some protesters threw plastic bottles and eggs into the compound. several thousand police officers are protecting the agency. that's the largest number since the protests began last week. more than 10,000 people have been demonstrati
their dreams of going to college, but an innovative effort is helping such disadvantaged students. nhk reports. >> the number of bangladesh student hoping to advance to college is growing year by year. catering to their needs are more than tributary schools which cropped up in the capital in the past decade. however, the countryside is home to 70% of the can country's population and wants rulers are at a disadvantage in college ene entrance exams. many high schools are overcrowded. student fees are lower than those of private colleges. they attend cramped schools after graduation to give them added advantage for national university exams. but there are no such cramped schools in rural areas. gradating from high school this year, he is 18 years old and hopes to go on to college. but he cannot afford the prep scoop in a city. monthly tuition of around $25 u.s. dollars amount to two thirds of his family's income. while he is the esdest of his family's six children, he studied hard at home in hopes of becoming an engineer and supporting his family. >> we bring hard in our family and i also help th
>>> 18 months on, japanese look back on the day everything changed. welcome to nhk world "newsline." one of the strongest earthquakes in japan's history shook the country a year and a half ago. few could forget what happened next. tsunami roared ashore, swallowing whole communities in the northeast. nearly 16,000 people died, almost 3,000 others are still listed as missing. the disaster also triggered an accident at the fukushima daiichi nuclear plant. people are taking time on this day to remember what happened on march 11, 2011, and what's changed since. residents of sendai in miyagi prefecture headed out to a monument before dawn to pray for the victims. >> translator: i still don't feel at ease even now. >> translator: i almost welled up with tears. but then i found i could pray calmly by looking out at the sea and the rising sun. >> about 70,000 trees made up a pine forest along the coast of minamisanriku, iwate prefecture. the tsunami ripped them all away. the lone survivor became a symbol of hope, but its roots are rotting, so workers will treat the tree to preserve it so it
>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." people across the arab world are leaving their homes and their offices and heading out into the streets. protests against an american-made anti-islamic film are spreading. the growing turmoil follows tuesday' attack on a u.s. consulate in libya that killed an ambassador and three other staff. demonstrators in yemen are also targeting american diplomatic missions. they gathered in front of the heavily guarded u.s. embassy in sanaa. they chanted religious slogans. some threw stones at the buildings or attempted to climb over the walls. al arab al arabiya reports a number of people were injured. [ chanting ] protesters have been out in force again in the egyptian capital cairo. they gathered in tahrir square a few hundred meters from the u.s. embassy, which they stormed a couple of days ago. security forces tried to disperse the crowd. demonstrators fought back. health authorities say more than a dozen people were injured. protesters are angry the american-made film ridicules the prophet muhammad and includes scenes of a sexual nature. mus
>>> welcome to nhk world nooen "newsline." the japanese people's distrust of nuclear power now has a price tag. energy ministry says it'll take $600 billion to go nonnuclear by 2030. a recent opinion poll says that's what half the population wants. they spoke at a cabinet ministers in charge of policy. he says the cost would add up. he pointed to the expense of constructing generating facilities and power line. he warned that immediately shutting down reactors would cut the power supply by 30%. he said going nonnuclear would weaken the country's bargaining position when buying oil and natural gas. the government has promised to draft a new energy policy. ministers are working on scenarios for ending nuclear dependence while compensating for lost power generation. >> the prospect of a nonnuclear japan is proving to be a hard sell to big business. an executives association issued a challenge to the government. >> translator: the government must explain and prove how there will be no down side for business and people's daily lives if all nuclear reactors are scrapped in the future. th
of environment-related goods. welcome to nhk world "newsline." members of the asia-pacific economic cooperation forum are making it easier to buy and sell technology that generates renewable energy. foreign and trade ministers from 21 economies are meeting in vladivostok in russia's far east. they've agreed to reduce tariffs on a host of environment-related products. nhk world has the latest from vladivostok and in an in-depth look at how russia is expanding its footprint in the asia-pacific region. >> reporter: they've released a communique after the second day of talks. they have agreed to reduce tariffs on 54 environment-related products, not only solar panels but wind-powered technology and machines that convert waste into energy. the discussions on this topic took more time than expected. china's delegates initially opposed the agreement over fears the import of solar panels from abroad could hinder their domestic industry. ministers also agreed to combat trade protectionism. they say low economic growth means it's even more urgent to keep markets open. russian leaders trying to use the ap
>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." >>> the president of iran says he intends to solve the dispute with western nations over his country's nuclear development through diplomacy. mahmoud ahmadinejad made the comment in a feature interview with nhk. ahmadinejad is visiting the u.s. to attend the annual u.n. general assembly. he says iranian scientists are producing uranium enriched to 20% to use it for the radiological treatment of diseases such as cancer. western leaders say the production of such high-density uranium could help iran develop atomic weapons. ahmadinejad is emphasizing his country's nuclear program is for peaceful purposes. >> translator: obviously, we are opposed to nuclear weapons. our slogan is all countries should have the right of peaceful use of nuclear power. all countries should eradicate nuclear weapons. >> ahmadinejad says if western countries provide iran with uranium with around 20% density, his country will stop its production. he suggests iranian negotiators are willing to compromise in nuclear talks with six countries, the five permanent members of the
effectively and independently. for more on this story i spoke earlier to nhk world's hajime okada. what's different about the nuclear regulation authority? >> the nra is designed to be independent from the government, a stage that's defined by law. its five members were appointed by the prime minister. also, some members include a former ambassador to the united nations and a seismologist as well as experts in the field of nuclear energy and radiation. >> will this be enough to guarantee the nra's independence? >> not really. the nra is now under the umbrella of the environment ministry. this means politicians and bureaucrats will still have influence because they control the agency's budget. another issue is a composition of the nra's task. more than 80% of its employees come from previous regulatory bodies. to prevent conflictsf interest, the government says nra employees will be prohibited from moving or returning to the ministry of industry. the government unit that promoted nuclear energy, but critics are already finding loopholes in this. >> what challenges will the nra be facing
>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." finding places to dispose of radioactive waste from the accident at tuck tuck fukus hi minch daici has been a struggle. officials have proposed a site north of tokyo. the proposal is the first of its kind and they've made to a preeffectural government in tochigi prefectures. they outlined the plan to the governor. the central government is responsible for disposing of radioactive wash and mud in nine prefectures. levels of cesium exceed the standard. tochigi prefecture is storing 900 tons of radioactive waste at sewer and other areas. the national forest in yaita city is large enough and far enough from residential areas for storge. the government wants to store radioactive waste in drums in underground concrete facility and dig wells to check whether radioactive materials are seeping into ground water. the government says the level of radioactivity in the air would not exceed 100th of one millisievert. the maximum annual amount not considered damaging to human health. >> translator: we need to courteously explain to the residents why
. nhk world's yusuke kitamura reports. >> reporter: the crude oil terminal was built three years ago on the outskirts of vladivostok. more than ten large oil tankers come through the port each month. last year, over 15 million tons of crude oil were exported from here to ten countries in the asia-pacific region, including japan, the united states and singapore. there are large oil deposits. most of the crude exported from the terminal originates in this area. during the soviet era, the oil fields of western siberia were the center of russia's oil production. however, after nearly 40 years of productivity, they will soon be depleted. to take their place, production has been stepped up in eastern siberia. one of the oil fields now being developed by russian oil company s is the size of switzerland. it was first discovered during the soviet era. at that time, there was no way to transport the oil, so it was left untouched for nearly 50 years. >> translator: currently, we have five tanks with a capacity of 3,000 cubic meters. one for processing and four for storage. and construction rece
talks. but behind the scenes, they started negotiating in 2010. nhk has been following this story. and our reporter has been the first to get interviews with members of the taliban's negotiating team. here's the exclusive story. >> reporter: u.s. and taliban negotiators have met at least five times over the past two years. most of the meetings took place in the capital of qatar. >> thank you very much. appreciate it. >> reporter: the taliban has a five-man negotiating team there. i was able to interview two of them. one of the negotiators was said rasul, a religious leader who is said to have a deep trust over the taliban spiritual leader. >> translator: peace and reconciliation has been our demand for a long time. and it still is even no weant to ve peace, prosperity, and the reconstruction of afghanistan. >> reporter: taliban negotiators said they and their u.s. counterparts agreed on two conditions for starting full-fledged peace talks. the first was the opening of the representative office for the taliban in qatar. the second was a prisoner exchange involving a u.s. soldier an
in the gap. >> reporter: ahmadinejad spoke to nhk in new york where he's scheduled to attend the annual meeting of the u.n. general assembly. he sought to dispel international concern over the possible closure of the strait of hormuz. the main shipping route for middle east oil. >> translator: iran has been maintaining the stability of the strait. we will never pose a threat in its waters. >> reporter: western nations have been demanding iran halt its nuclear project. iran had responded by warning it might close in the persian gulf. about 90% of japan's crude oil imports comes through the narrow channel. iran held a large rally last week. in a speech, ahmadinejad said iran would press ahead with its nuclear program. but the president has to consider the increasingly harsh domestic economy. western nations are restricting imports of iran's crude oil, the country's economic lifeline. this has caused the price of food and other necessities to more than double over the last ten months. >> translator: the government says it will cut the price of meat, but it's still expensive. >> translator:
of islands. welcome to nhk world "newsline." japan and china are divided by a body of water, and these days they're divided over islands in the east china sea. japan controls the senkakus, china and taiwan claim them. the japanese and chinese vice foreign ministers have met to find a breakthrough, but they could not narrow their differences. japanese vice foreign minister chikao kawai and his chinese counterpart zhang zhijun met for four hours at the foreign ministry in beijing. kawai explained the background and consequence of japan's purchase of the islands. >> translator: we have exchanged our views on the situation frankly. we managed to agree that the two countries should continue talks to resolve their differences. >> the chinese foreign ministry released that said the purchase of the islands hurt the 1.3 billion chinese. a spokesperson quoted him directly. >> translator: japan should reflect deeply on its actions and correct past mistakes. then it should get bilateral ties back on the right track as soon as possible. >> japanese chief cabinet secretary osama fujimura said government
in the downtown area. an anti-government activist told nhk the explosions hit the third and fourth floors of the building. four people died. syrian information minister said on a state television that the explosions caused only minor damage. he said there were no casualties and that the terrorist attacks had failed. the army command headquarters is in an off-limits zone where the presidential palace is located. >>> after months of wrangling deployment of a fleet of u.s. aircraft is about to take place. defense ministry officials say that 12 osprey will be deployed to the u.s. marine corps in okinawa prefecture as early as friday. ahead of the deployment, officials from local municipalities were offered a test ride on the aircraft to ease their concerns. but few have accepted the offer. the test ride will take place on thursday at the air station in yamaguchi prefecture. the osprey is currently undergoing maintenance tests ahead of deployment, but 19 of the 22 invited municipalsies told nhk they have rejected the offer. the officials say they have other commitments. in the city where the a
their economic strategy on the east. welcome to nhk "newsline." russian officials have waited more than a decade to host their first apec economic summit. they've spent billions preparing for the event. delegates from 21 economies are seeing those preparations firsthand. they've gathered in vladivostok to talk about ways to promote closer economic ties and greater investment in the region. "newsline" will be covering the apec summit over the next five days. we'll also be taking a closer look at russia's asia-pacific strategy. nhk world's kaori nagao spoke to us earlier from vladivostok. >> reporter: hello, gene. the meeting happening here on russky island. what you see behind me is the bridge that spans the eastern bosphorous strait and connects here and also central vladivostok. apec foreign and trade ministers have started talks on wednesday. they discussed how to stabilize the food supply in the face of a global surge in grain prices. they agree to refrain from export controls and other protectionist measures. the ministers talked about apec's plan to lower tariffs on fast growing environment
are also high in egypt as anti-u.s. demonstrations continue. nhk world's yu kobayashi reports from cairo. >> reporter: protesters are out on the streets again. they gathered around the u.s. embassy for a third day. security forces shot tear gas to disperse the crowd. the demonstrators fought back by throwing stones. security forces are trying to break up the protests. they want to make sure it doesn't get out of control. more troops were sent in. the protesters were pushed back toward tahrir square, several hundred meters from the u.s. embassy. but there were no signs of return to order. overnight, vehicles were set on fire and protesters tried to force their way through security barriers. egyptian health authorities say more than a dozen people have been injured. egyptian health authorities say more than a dozen people have been injured. there are calls for more demonstrations on friday. the islamic day of prayer. a huge crowd is expected to gather in tahrir square. egypt is braced for another day of tensions. yu kobayashi, nhk world, cairo. >>> the u.s. government is increasing securit
him to stop his scientists from making highly enriched uranium. the president tells nhk he'll do that provided other countries fill in the gap. ahmadinejad is also vowing he won't push back against international pressure by closing a key supply route for oil. nhk world's hirohito nezu reports. >> reporter: ahmadinejad spoke to nhk in york where he's scheduled to attend the annual meeting of the u.n. general assembly. he's thought to dispel international concern over the possible closure of the strait of hormuz, the main shipping route for middle east oil. >> translator: iran has been maintaining the stability of the strait. we will never pose a threat in its waters. >> reporter: western nations have been demanding iran halt its nuclear project. iran has responded by warning it might close the strait in the persian gulf. about 90% of japan's oil imports comes through the narrow channel. iran has a large military power. in a speech, ahmadinejad said iran could press ahead with its nuclear program. but the president has to consider the increasingly harsh domestic economy. western na
>>> welcome to nhk world "news line." people in china are officials in beijing say they'll take counter measures. demonstrate fors gathered on wednesday in front of japanese diplomatic mission. they demanded a return on items and a boycott on japanese goods. a group of japanese lawmakers has postponed it's trip to bay general later this month. chinese officials said they wanted to withdraw their invitation in this severe domestic atmosphere. schools have put off a school trip due to safety consideration. the demonstrations appear well controlleded by china officers. police urged each group to leave the site after about 10 minutes to let the next group demonstrate. >> translator: we are closely watch watching and we will protect our sovereignty in response to the circumstances. >> a senior diplomat said both sides had a frank exchange in views. china demanded that japan retract its move. >> translator: both sides agreed on the importance of continuing and stepping up communications in any possible way. >> the foreign ministry official said that japan and china must continue dialo
how their countries can both benefit from stronger ties. welcome to nhk world "newsline." vladimir putin is welcoming world leaders to russia's far east ahead of this weekend's apec summit. he's given a special greeting to china's president hu jintao by meeting with him first. hu is the first leader putin met in vladivostok, their countries share a border 4,000 kilometers. earlier, i spoke with nhk world's kaori nagao who is in vladivostok covering the apec meetings. >> reporter: the leaders covered a wide range of matters from economics to international relations. >> reporter: at the top the agenda was economic relations. they agreed not only to increase mutual trade and investment, but also to enhance the cooperation in areas such as energy and high-tech development. after the meeting, president putin made a keynote speech at apec's business forum. the three-day business forum is being held alongside apec sessions. businesspeople from 500 leading pacific rim companies attended friday's meeting. >> kaori, russia seems to be placing special emphasis on its far east, which borders c
beneficial. earlier, i spoke with nhk world's kaori nagao who is in meetings. >> reporter: the leaders covered a wide range of matters from economics to international relations. >> reporter: at the top of the agenda was economic relations. they agreed not only to increase mutual trade and investment, but also to enhance the cooperation in areas such as energy and high-tech development. after the meeting, president putin made a keynote speech at apec's business forum. the three-day business forum is being held alongside apec sessions. businesspeople from 500 leading pacific rim companies attended friday's meeting. >> kaori, russia seems to be placing special emphasis on its far east which borders china's northeast. as you reported earlier, russia has spent around $21 billion in infrastructure projects there over the past five years. >> reporter: that's right. businesspeople are closely watching what russia will do next. one-third of the people, the companies, attending the forum were chinese. i asked several chinese attendees what they think about the economic relation with russia. >> s
>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." >>> a magnitude 7.6 earthquake haus occurred in the pacific off the east coast of philippines. pa pink warning center initially estimated the magnitude at 7.9, but later downgraded it to 7.6. the center has issued a tsunami warning for the following regions -- indonesia, the philippines, a palau. a tsunami watch is in effect for japan. people staying in coastal areas in the region are advised to move to high ground as soon as possible. the focus of the earthquake is estimated as a depth of 33 kilometers in the pacific ocean. once again a magnitude 7.6 has occurred in the pacific office at 1245 utc on friday. the pacific warning center initially estimated the magnitude at 7.9, but later downgraded it to 7.6. the center has issued a tsunami warning for the following regions, indonesia, the philippines and palau. a tsunami watch is also in effect for japan. people staying in coastal areas in the region are advised to move to higher ground as soon as possible. tsunami waves are more powerful, sometimes the first wave is not necessarily the largest
to stay neutral. junko tanaka, nhk world, washington. >>> a member of the standing committee and met with a dell gaegs of japanese lawmakers and representati representatives. japan criticize ford going ahead with the purchase of the island. he said that put relations in an unprecedented situation. the country normalized diplomatic ties 40 years ago. jao said the relations have seen six nif can't development during the time and hatch brought great benefits to both countries. >>> tension in the room was extremely hype. former foreign minister quotes saying japan should take measures to correct the current circumstances. >> what its needed most is that leaders of both nations talk in a diligent and calm manner. >> kono said heap stre strelsed importance of business back to normal as soon as possible. >>> now, japanese and chinese were to have spent this week celebrating, the anniversary. they established diplomatic relations in september, 1972. but organizers in beijing canceled the main ceremony. the view from there. >>> violent anti-japan demonstrations raised across china this month.
leading vote getters will enter a run-off. and nhk analysis suggests prime minister noda is the favorite to win in the first round. one lawmaker i talked to told me that he will vote for noda because noda is the only one who can lead japan. he said he has no doubt in his choice. >>> thank you very much. updating us on the ruling democratic party leadership voting in the coming hours. chinese government crews seem determined to make their claims known to countries in the east chinese sea. chinese ships have been cruising in nearby waters since tuesday, as senior chinese official says the government crews will increase their presence in the area. >>> the news agency reported that the deputy director of the state oceanic administration made the remarks in beijing. he said that china has to be ready for the long and difficult fight to protect its sovereignty over the islands and safeguard its maritime interests. some of the ships belong to the state oceanic administration. >>> the assistant secretary of state, curt campbell reiterated the island in the east china sea are clearly covered by t
for japan, but all over the world. nhk will continue to press tepco to disclose all information about the accident. >> that was "nuclear watch" with geno tani. >>> people in japan's northeast are focused on overcoming the challenges of the 2011 disaster. but it won't be easy. they have to rebuild homes, businesses, entire communities. we'll show you their struggles and their successes on "the road ahead" every wednesday at 1:00 p.m. japan time here on "newsline." >>> from tackling street crime to fighting terrorism, police in pakistan live with risks every day. the lifestyle takes its toll. here's more on the latest threat to pakistan's finest. >> reporter: it's tough being a policeman in pakistan. the work is hard and dangerous. islamic extremists are out to make trouble. as a cop you are on the front lines. over the past ten years, violence has killed more than 5,000 members of the police and security forces. the pressures of it together with irregular hours helped create another problem. obesity. about 40% of the 175,000 strong police force is officially overweight. some cops can b
. nhk world reports from san paolo. >> it's a weekday morning of this u.s. car dealer on the outskirts of san paolo. but the shop is full of customers. >> alessandro bought a new car last month. for the first time. it cost her $19,000, close to what she and her husband earn in a year. she is paying for it in installments. >> it is so comfortable to drive. and it is affordable for me. the seats are very nice. and the design really suites my taste. >> some economic stability prompted residents to buying new cars. compact account for 60%. most of them from the europe and the u.s. one leading u.s. car maker has unveiled a dozen new compact models, over the past year. cheaper than any vehicle in the lineups. of its rivals. but price isn't the only factor >> translator: we are making new cars in brazil for brazilians. we design them to suit brazilians' taste. that's why customers here are buying our cars. >> japanese auto makers focused on selling midsized cars to high income. they only captured about 10% of the market. so the people of toyota opened a plant in early august in the state of s
>>> hello, welcome to nhk "newsline." it's trsday,eptember 20. i'm caerine kobayashi in tokyo. >>> the vice president said the japanese need to stop undermining japanese sovereignty. his comments follow more than a week after the purchase of the senkakus islands. xi met in beijing with leon panetta. xi criticized the nationalizatioof the islands. he said t purchase was a farce. xi urged u.s. leaders not to intervene. the islands fall under the scope of the security treaty. the treaty should not apply to the territory. a senior u.s. defense official quotes panetta as saying u.s. officials won't take sides. panetta is urging diplomats to keep talking to resolve the issue diplomatically and peacefully. >>> japan's coast guard officials are keeping a close eye on government ships in waters off the senkakus islands. there's no sign of a chinese flotilla. they have spotted 16 chinese patrol ships around the area since tuesday. they are fishing monitoring ships and vessels. at least six of those ships have now left the area. two were cruising near japanese waters on thursday morning.
as their new leader in their bid to regain power. welcome to nhk world "newsline." japanese voters know the name, and the political party. shinzo abe was once their prime minister, and his liberal democrats once had a decades-long lock on governing. the ldp's in opposition now. but with an election on the horizon, members elected abe as their leader, hoping he can help them push the ruling democratic party out of power. nhk's world mayuko amby reports. >> reporter: the outcome of the ldp leadership election marks a political comeback for shinzo abe. he became prime minister of japan in 2006, but he struggled with poor health and resigned after a year in office. >> translator: my victory today will not erase my responsibility for suddenly resigning as prime minister five years ago. keeping that in mind, i will try my utmost with all of you for the party to regain power. >> abe used his campaign to take a tough stance on japan's territorial disputes. he solidified his support base within the party. lawmakers and local party members cast ballots in the first round of voting. four of them o
>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." representatives of japan and china are trying to highlight the harmony and friendship between the two nations despite the divisions that exist. the countries are at odds over territory in the east china sea and as leaders trade bashes over the dispute, people from both sides are meeting to focus on the benefits of the ties. delegates include representatives of japanese associations promoting friendship with china and japan business federation and japanese lawmakers and met thursday with the chairman of the chinese people's political consultative conference. he is a member of the communist party's bureau and holds the fourth most p >> translator: we welcome you, our friends from japan. >> the chairman of the association of the promotion of international trade of japan responded. yohei kono said islands. china also claims the territory. the chairman of the association of the promotional of international trade responded he said the country ares an important part for asia and the rest of the world. they will attend a dinner party hosted by the ch
deprivation as an opportunity for business. nhk has more. >> reporter: a health equipment maker started selling sleep meters to businesses in october. the device measures vibrations from twists and turns, breathing and heartbeat, to measure the length and depth of sleep. the data is managed on the intern. it can also be checked remotely. sleep quality appears as a numeric score. the system then provides advice on how to improve sleep. >> translator: measuring sleep is a new concept to many people. it's not an easy sell. we're starting with businesses that have immediate needs. >> reporter: this taxi company is one business that's considering using the device. the firm employs around 180 drivers. they work 20-hour shifts, though they can take breaks. the managers know that if the drivers are getting enough sleep, the chance of an accident is reduced. but it isn't easy to check the drivers' sleeping habits or make sure they are getting enough rest every night. the drivers are going to try using the device at home. if it shows some of them are not getting enough sleep, the company plans to
choosing head of the opposition party. lawmakers are choosing some one to lead the country. nhk analysis suggests no candidate will min a manhattwinn the first round. they will go head-to-head in a runoff. back to you, yuko. updating us on the voting in the coming hours. >>> foreign ministers of japan and china have held talks to discuss a bitter row between the two countries. china and taiwan claim the territories as their only. talks took place in tuesday in new york on side lines of the u.n. general assembly. a one hour meeting with his chinese counterpart. gemba said both are responsible for the peace and stability. he stressed importance of the two countries, maintaining communication and keeping a broader perspective. gemba referred to a series off takes by anti-japanese protesters on japanese companies in china. he said japan does not condone violence under any circumstances, and demanded chinese officials take appropriate measures. china's state run news agency reported on the talks. the agency quoted that nationalizing island was an so called it a challenge to international sta
beautiful. >> no one knows how long it will take. nhk world. >> government authorities have said they will clean up the seabed. >> remove bigger pieces of debris such as houses, boats, and cars. >> if we clean the sea, the fish will come back. >> how are you using this operation to inform people about the clean up in the northeast? >> i think people will forget about tsunami in a few years. i want to tell people about seabed debris issues. individuals who want to learn about the state of the association. i want t expand the exchanges so people continue to be interested in what is going on. >> thank you very much. >> now the waves swept through many areas into farmland. damages topped more than $10 million. now farmers have set out to revive their imagery. >> he has grown rice and vegetables for more than four decades. things are not much better this year. >> translator: it's been about three months since we planted the crop. it should be ready by now but we can't sell it. it's not edible. >> the earthquake and tsunami damaged 22,000 hectors of farmland. including 10% oover the fi
to them. plant workers, military, and others have taken part in a drill to make sure they're prepared. nhk world's naoki makita reports from taipei. >> reporter: workers played out an emergency scenario at the nuclear complex near taipei. they assumed a natural disaster knocked out all power at the plant and disabled its cooling system. firefighters sprayed water to practice bringing a fire under control. then helicopters, military vehicles and patrol ships moved in. helicopters came measuring radiation levels around the nuclear power plant. just as crews did following the fukushima daiichi accident. participants practiced measuring radiation from land and sea, too. the exercise follows a decision to expunge the area around the nuclear plant subject to radioactive monitoring. most reactors are located in the vicinity of densely populated taipei. and residents have been increasingly worried after the disaster in fukushima. officials at taiwan's nuclear power regulator say they want to minimize the damage in the event. they plan to reinforce their evacuation plans to ensure residents are saf
forward. nhk went with them. >> reporter: this man is 83. he's leading a civilian group of japanese expatriates from the korean peninsula. before the war ended, he lived in what is now north korea. he's visiting a district with a detention center known for its inhumane conditions. i'm in a corn field about a five-hour drive from pyongyang. last year, the north korean authorities discovered some remains of japanese people who died around the end of world war ii. an excavation uncovered the remains of at least one person. a coin dated 1941 was also unearthed. masaki is convinced there are more japanese remains here. >> translator: i waited for this opportunity for a long time. my wish has finally been fulfilled. we will remember the victims and offer prayers for them. i pray that you all may rest in peace. >> reporter: japanese from the korean peninsula around the end of the war could hardly take anything with them. about 20,000 are believed to still be buried in north korea. some japanese families want to visit the site and repatriate the remains of their relatives. yasushi wamura is
is beginning to erode unity that developed under the israeli occupation. nhk world, golan heights. >>> ang san suu kyi didn't travel for nearly 25 years. now she's on another trip abroad. she's visiting the united states to meet government and business leaders. she left an airport on sunday and headed to washington, the first leg of her two-week visit. members of the u.s. congress will give her the congressional gold medal. they decided in 2008 to present it to her. it's the country's highest civilian honor. aung san suu kyi won a seat in parliament in april. she's cooperating with the government's democratic reforms. president barack obama's administration eased economic sanctions against myanmar in july in response to those changes. she didn't leave her country previously. she feared the military wouldn't allow her to return home. she resumed overseas trips this year as a member of parliament. she visited thailand in may and europe in june. myanmar's president will be if had the united states at the same time as aung san suu kyi. he'll be attending a general assembly in new york. >>> busines
>>> hello and welcome to nhk "newsline." it is wednesday september 19th. japanese citizens and businesses in china are bracing for another day of demonstrations. protesters led rallies against japan on tuesday in more than 100 cities. many turned out to mark the 81st anniversary. fewer people are expected to turn out during the day. many chinese are angry the government nationalized territory in the east china sea. japan controls the islands and china and taiwan also claim them. roughly 2,000 demonstrators gathered. some threw stones and plastic bottles at the building. they shattered a number of windows. others tossed bottles at a nearby japanese restaurant. more than 5,000 joined a protest in front of the embassy in beijing and stayed there for 15 hours. some protesters threw plastic bottles and eggs into the compound. analysts say the chinese government wants to avoid demonstrations spinning out of control, and causing a political backfire. more security they have ordered demonstrators to march in smler oups protests are planned in beijing and other major cities on wedne
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